Brough Superior SS100 ‘Moby Dick’ – 1929
Bonhams’ auction at the Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show at Stafford on Sunday, 16th October 2011 was a huge success with a sales total of £1.7million (approx US$2.6 million).
The most succesful lot of the day was a 1929 Brough Superior SS100 which is often known as a ‘Moby Dick’. It was very popular attracting several keen bidders.
The Superior SS100 was claimed in its day to be ‘the fastest privately owned machine in the world suitable for road use’ and, when tested by Motor Cycling magazine in 1931, the ‘Moby Dick’ achieved a top speed of 106mph. This was a staggering acheivement in 1931.
The Moby Dick was restored in 1998.
On the same day a 1924 980cc Brough Superior SS80 made £100,500 which was considerably higher than estimated. Also a 1930 Brough Superior Black Alpine 680 restoration project sold for £40,550.
A 1933 Brough Superior ‘11-50′ that received the ‘best original in show’ award at the BSOC Rally in 2004 fetched £34,500.
Bonhams Head of Motorcycles was reported as saying, “Restoration projects were in strong demand with some outstanding results achieved in this category. But any machine with good history and a high level of originality (regardless of condition) was keenly contested by discerning collectors and enthusiasts.”
Other notable sales at the auction included:
1906 Minerva 4½hp V-Twin (£26,450)
1911 Douglas 2¾hp Model D (£18,400)
1953 Matchless 498cc G45 (£36,700)
1955 BSA 500cc Gold Star ‘barn find’ restoration project (£8,280)
1969 Kawasaki 500cc Mach III/H1 (£12,650)
1972 Triumph X75 Hurricane (£24,150)
1979 Ducati 864cc Mike Hailwood Replica (£12,075).